Las Vegas, NE, United States (4E Sports) – Team USA’s basketball scrimmage came to a halt after Paul George suffered a nasty right leg injury on his attempt to defend a James Harden lay-up.
George’s leg seemed to have landed on the court’s base causing it to split in two.
Reports compared the incident with Kevin Ware and Anderson Silva’s injuries.
Due to the unfortunate event, Team USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski called off the game with 9:33 remaining in the final frame.
Teammates gathered around George as the UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center crowd was silenced.
The Indiana Pacers all-star was taken out on a stretcher and was cheered on by the crowd.
George’s parents were also present at the scrimmage and his father had the chance to comfort him.
Director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo stated this is a major hit for the national squad.
“It’s a first for us in USA basketball to have something like this take place. It’s a tough situation for our entire organization, our coaches and players and very, very emotional,” he added.
Colangelo said the team needs a breather and their major priority is George’s condition.
In respect for George, Team USA will not be discussing the final World Cup lineup.
Krzyzewski said, “Everything is on hold right now, and it should be. It would be so inappropriate for us to talk about anything else when there’s a serious injury like this.”
Pacers owner Herb Simon, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, and co-players already sent get-well messages to George.
The Pacers are likely to miss the presence of their leading scorer for the 2014-2015 season.
George averaged 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game last year.